Special Workshop on ‘Disaster Risk Management’
Due to its geophysical location, Bhutan is prone and vulnerable to a range of natural disasters such as earthquakes, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF), flash floods, windstorms, fires and landslides. The underlying vulnerabilities such as poor construction practices, rapid urbanization, environmental degradation etc. as well as lack of preparedness exacerbates the potential of disaster risks. A paradigm shift from response centric practices to a proactive, holistic and integrated management of disasters and inculcating a culture of preparedness is needed for effective disaster management. Therefore, a special workshop on ‘Disaster Risk Management’ has been designed for the key decision makers and government officials from Bhutan for enhancing the understanding on disaster management, localization, mainstreaming DRR and improving their preparedness and response capacities.
The proposed workshop on ‘Disaster Risk Management’ is designed to develop the practical knowledge and skills of the governors and the government officials from DDM and other national agencies in Bhutan to improve the quality and overall effectiveness of DRM and enhance localization. It will incorporate group work, interactive discussions as well as exposure visits to key institutes and organizations in Thailand for enhanced understanding and learning of the participants.
The overall aim of the workshop is to enhance understanding and develop necessary skills and knowledge on disaster risk management for the delegation from Bhutan. The specific objectives of the customized special course are as follows:
1. To introduce the basic concepts and terms in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation and enhance understanding of the overall process of disaster risk management
2. To improve understanding of disaster risk reduction, and response coordination with special focus on emergency management and contingency planning processes
3. To familiarize with the concept of Incident Command System how an incident command system is critical to the effective response operations in a disaster situation
4. To develop common understanding and identify approaches for mainstreaming disaster risk concerns within development planning processes effectively reduce risks and build a more resilient community
5. To enhance the understanding of implementing locally-led actions for DRM through multi-stakeholder partnerships
Ms. Shalini Sharma Kanwar
Project Manager, ADPC